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Postgame Quotes


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Nov. 20, 2011

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Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder
On the final defensive stand…
“It wasn’t just the final stand our defense had to stand up all day, because our offense didn’t.”

On why Texas’ defense was so effective…
“They just beat the tar out of us.  Texas is a tremendously talented defensive team, and they played extremely well. They created problems for us in terms of some of the things they did and the blitzes they ran.  So it was a combination of them playing very well and scheming us very well, and us not scheming them very well or playing very well.”

On how good his Kansas State defense was…
“Good enough to win.”

On if Kansas State took a step forward today…
“No, we didn’t. Well, not on offense. On defense we did.”

On how big the two interceptions were for Kansas State…
“Tremendous.  They made a big difference.  The problem is when you get turnovers like that you need to score.

On Kansas State’s kicking game…
"Kicking game was good until they got that last return."

Junior QB Collin Klein
On tonight’s performances…
“They did a great job and had good a plan.  Bottom line, it’s going to be a little work with the wind.  Our defense supported us and they were behind us the entire game.  They were able to get us some good field position.  We just didn’t execute.”

On whether Head Coach Bill Snyder was frustrated with tonight’s performance…
“I mean, he was very frustrated.  I can speak for myself.  I was very frustrated that we weren’t able to get anything going and weren’t able to support the kind of performance our defense gave.  We’re just going to come back to work and keep getting better.”

On how he prepared for tonight’s game…
“It’s been all mental reps, really.”

On his defense’s performance…
“They played awesome for us, the whole way. We were able to get in barely enough points to win. We just have to get better.”

Sophomore LB Tre Walker
On preparing for tonight’s game…
“I think we just came prepared to play.  Our coaches, they did a great job and preparing us for new alignments and shifts—because they shift a lot.  Sometimes when you don’t communicate that much, it’s hard for your defenses, but Coach [Chris] Cosh did a great job, along with the other coaches in communicating and getting us lined up.”

Texas Head Coach Mack Brown
On the game…
“It’s a hard fought game.  We’ve got to give Kansas State credit.  It really came down to two turnovers.  Other than that it was an even game.  Two great defenses that played hard throughout.  Kids all fought until the last play of the game.  I really thought we had a chance to win until that last play was over.  I’m proud of the way we fought.  Give Kansas State credit.  They didn’t make any mistakes.  And we didn’t force any of theirs.  Our defense played great.  Our offense was sporadic.  But we had a chance.  You can’t turn the ball over near the goal.  In fact if you told me we would hold [Kansas State QB] Collin Klein to four yards rushing and 83 yards passing, I would have known that we won the game.”

On the Texas defense’s performance…
“They played great.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen them play better.  It was just an unbelievable performance.  That’s what is so sad.  To see a performance like that and not win the game is just unheard of.  They fought.  They didn’t get frustrated when we were struggling offensively.  They kept their wits about them.  They competed.  They tried to strip balls.  I thought they did everything we asked them to do and more.  Even at the end of the game.  That’s why we could kick the field goal.  We knew they were going to stop them.  We just had to score.  We had our opportunities.  When you have the ball at the 49-yard line with enough time to score, and four downs.  You need to go score.”

On sophomore QB Case McCoy…
“I thought he did a good job. He jump started us and got us going.”

On the punt interference call…
“It’s unbelievable.  It’s just really deflating.  I can’t talk about the call.  But we get the ball before the half and it ends up being a situation where we get three-seven points.  And instead we give them seven.  So it’s a 14-point swing possibly.”

On what he told the team after the loss…
“I told them that I’m really sad for them.  That they lost their last home game.  That’s something you will remember for the rest of your life.  But what you can remember is how hard you fought.”

On freshman QB David Ash…
“He was talking to [co-offensive coordinator] Bryan [Harsin] on the headsets.  I’m not really sure.  I thought the one ball was a little hard off of [junior WR] Marquise [Goodwin’s] hands.  And the other one I thought he was trying to throw it away probably.  I wasn’t sure.”

On if this was a defeating loss…
“Well yes.  I think it’s always deflating when you lose.  Just like the score with nine seconds left in the half.  I thought it was amazing that the guys came back and played a better second half than they did a first half.  After you give up points going in like that.  That sequence of events.  We don’t have time to sit and feel sorry for ourselves.  We’ve got to keep getting better on offense.  And continue to play the same way we did on defense.”

On the offense’s performance…
“I think we’ll have to study and see.  That’s a good defense we played.  They’re 117 yards a game against the run.  They haven’t given up yards against the pass.  And we’re not very consistent in that area.”

On if anything with the run offense worked…
“Yes.  A lot of things.  We ran down field and we didn’t score.  Like we should have.  And the two turnovers will kill you. You can’t turn the ball over.  Our offense moved the ball a lot better than theirs.  That’s the sad part about it.”

On if he is concerned about playing another game so quickly after this loss…
“You can’t have concerns about getting them back everyday.  They’ve got to go back and work.  They’ve done what we’ve asked them to do this year.  I’m sure they’ll play hard Thursday night.”

On Kansas State playing well despite pressure from the Texas defense…
“They’ve done a tremendous job.  They’ve won more close games.  That’s the way they do it.  They’re plus-nine with the turnover ratio.  We’re now minus-two.  That’s why we lost the game.”

Sophomore QB Case McCoy
On his mentality coming into the game…
“I just told them when I got in there that this is really why I came to this university.  I came to play in big games like this.  We do it every day in practice.  We run through it every day in practice.  There’s no telling how many touchdowns we throw every day in practice, so it should be just as easy.  I was proud of the way we fought and I thought for our senior night we definitely fought hard.”
 
On whether or not the loss is bittersweet…
“Like I said, I think we fought hard.  I know none of us like to lose.  We’re all competitors, so I don’t know how it would be bittersweet.  But I do know that we fought hard and I know if we can keep our eye on the game we can go to College Station and play a good game and beat a good team.”

On what he was seeing on the last drive…
“A lot of guys.  That’s a typical thing in a game like that.  Obviously [Kansas State] is going to drop a lot of guys out.  It’s a game like that and you just have to fight and you have to take advantage of the things they give you.  We struggled on that a little bit and that’s something we can work on this week.”

On the difficulty of coming in under the circumstances he did…
“This isn’t my first year being back-up, so I’ve learned.  I’ve watched a lot of great quarterbacks. Coach Harsin does a good job preparing me week to week just like I’m going to start the game.  There’s no excuse for anything.  I was prepared, I studied, and I’ve been preparing for that moment for a long time.”

Senior LB Keenan Robinson
On shaking off the loss quickly…
“No.  We know we’ve got a game in a couple days so we need to get ready. We have a limited time to shake this off and we need to focus and get ready for the next two games.”

On stopping K-State’s running attack...
“If they want to run against us, we have a great chance to stop them. We are definitely a running defense and the film shows it.”

On his emotions after Senior Night…
“We would’ve loved to have that win as seniors for the last home game of the season. I think that things always happen for a reason. So we will just have to prepare and will do whatever we can to get to try and get another W.”

Senior LB Emmanuel Acho
On the frustration of not getting the win…
“It’s tough; it’s real tough especially with it being senior night. Again, you can only control what you can control and I feel like we played well in spurts. Defensively, we’ve got to get more turnovers.”

On how to regroup with the short week…
“I’m already past it. I am going to go home and watch the Texas A&M film and get ready for Thursday.”

On the defense’s efforts…
“You never know how it’s going to turn out. It’s our job and we didn’t force enough turnovers defensively. It’s on me as a leader. We’ve got to get more turnovers and get the ball out. We just didn’t do enough.”

Sophomore DE Jackson Jeffcoat
On not getting the win for the seniors…
“We tried to give them our all. Those are our seniors. They have been there for us since day one. They have been an example for us and we love them so much. It’s sad that we couldn’t win the last one at home for them.”

On Head Coach Mack Brown’s response to the team after the game…
“He said it was a tough loss and sorry to the seniors that we lost this one, but we still have two left.”

Junior WR Marquise Goodwin
On the offense’s performance…
“The defense played really well as you said. Our offense had a tough time trying to get it going. We usually stick with the running game and it wasn’t working out too well for us today. So we tried to go to the pass game, and we kept fighting throughout the game. Coach told us it was going to be a fight for four quarters, and that is what it was. It came down to the last seconds.”

On what Case McCoy brought when he came in during the second half…
“He is a good leader. You can see a little bit of his brother in him. He is an outstanding young man who is always ready to do what he needs to do to help the team win. As well as [David] Ash, they do their job very well. They are young guys trying to step up and assume their role.”